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UK/UofL basketball rivalry heats up Saturday at Rupp Arena

Wildcats lead overall series 33-15

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Dec. 23, 2015) — The basketball rivalry between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville heats up this weekend, with the teams facing off at noon on Saturday in Lexington. The game will be televised on on CBS.

UnknownNo. 12 UK (9-2) leads the rivalry—which dates back to 1913—33-15 and has won the last three meetings, beating UofL 58-50 last year in Louisville and winning two meetings during the 2012-13 season, 73-66 in Lexington in a regular season game and 74-69 in the Sweet Sixteen in Indianapolis.

No. 16 Louisville (10-1) last won the series in 2012, 77-70 in Louisville.

UK has suffered two losses this season—at UCLA and to Ohio State on a neutral court—while UofL’s only loss was against current No. 1 Michigan State.

UK has one seven of the last eight meetings, including 69-61 during the Wildcats 2012 championship season.

The two teams have combined for 11 championships, with UK winning eight and Louisville three, the most recent for UofL during the 2013 season.

UK won the first ever meeting between the two teams, 34-10 in 1913. The rivalry has continued off and on since, ending in 1948, before it became a yearly event in 1983, with UK winning that game 65-44 in Lexington.

Beginning with the 1983-84 season the series has switched back and forth every year between Lexington and Louisville, with UK holding the edge 21-11 in regular season games and 2-0 in NCAA tournament games.